Why is drinking water so important? Why water? Why can’t you drink anything that you want? Two glasses of water 30 minutes before a meal will help you to feel full quickly. Plus water really helps flush toxins out of your system.
But probably the biggest reason for drinking water as a weight control or to help you on any diet is to avoid adding calories or sugar or chemicals to your diet Any type of drink, other than plain old water, has calories or sugar or chemicals and often these are hidden. Sugar and chemicals contained in things like soda or fruit juice can skyrocket your blood sugar and mess up your control mechanism.
If you are going to lose weight you are going to have to limit calories or sugars. I hope everyone knows that low fat diets truly do not work as you need fat to burn calories. Low calorie diets usually want you to you’re your calorie count to under 1600 calories per day; (depending on a few factors that we won’t go into like your starting weight) Sugars too must be minimized in order to avoid insulin spikes.
Take a look at a can of soda: A can of soda can have anywhere from 50 calories well up into the 150 to 200+ range. Sugar is another big problem and the sugars will range from under 30 grams to over 50 grams of sugar per day.
Consider that a healthy diet which helps you lose weight quickly and avoid insulin spikes allows you to consume less than 20 grams of sugar per day. So one can of soda has more sugar than is healthy for you in a whole day.
Sodas are really empty calories. You don’t get a full sensation in your stomach so you are still hungry after a soda and often times the sugar or the chemicals in fact spike your hunger. And, you regularly get caffeine and other chemicals that you just don’t need.
If you add a piece of lemon or lime to your water it becomes a fresh tasty choice. Current diet wisdom tells you that you should be drinking about 8 ounces of water per day per pound of weight. So if you weigh about 150 pounds you need about 3 quarts or more of water per day. If you aren’t sure just how much water you are getting, each morning fill a jug in the fridge with one gallon. You must finish almost all of it or you haven’t gotten sufficient water for the day.
Learn to replace your drinks with lemon water and you will have saved yourself countless calories and avoided sugar overload. Your weight loss efforts will be greatly enhanced and so will your overall health.